Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2019 TV Shows

Darren Franich: Best TV Shows of 2019

11 December 2019

Darren Franich: Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2018, 2010s]

  1. The Good Fight
  2. PEN15
  3. Primal
  4. Watchmen
  5. Desus & Mero
  6. Lodge 49
  7. BoJack Horseman
  8. Ramy
  9. Below Deck Mediterranean
  10. Perpetual Grace, LTD

Kristen Baldwin: Best TV Shows of 2019

11 December 2019

Kristen Baldwin: Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Entertainment Weekly

[see also 2018, 2010s]

  1. Perpetual Grace, LTD
  2. Watchmen
  3. Veep
  4. The Good Fight
  5. Fleabag
  6. Los Espookys
  7. Better Things
  8. Succession
  9. After Life
  10. The Other Two

Slant: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

11 December 2019

Slant Magazine: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. Primal
  4. Barry
  5. Mindhunter
  6. Better Things
  7. Russian Doll
  8. Chernobyl
  9. Too Old to Die Young
  10. Ramy
  11. BoJack Horseman
  12. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  13. Undone
  14. Dear White People
  15. Mob Psycho 100
  16. Watchmen
  17. The Deuce
  18. Evil
  19. Bob’s Burgers
  20. Superstore
  21. Euphoria
  22. Big Mouth
  23. On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  24. Years and Years
  25. City on a Hill

Hank Stuever: Best TV shows of 2019

10 December 2019

Hank Stuever: Best TV shows of 2019, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]

  1. Watchmen
  2. When They See Us
  3. Unbelievable
  4. Succession
  5. Gentleman Jack
  6. Fleabag
  7. This Is Us
  8. Chernobyl
  9. Dead to Me
  10. Leaving Neverland

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019

09 December 2019

Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Rolling Stone

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010s]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Better Things
  5. Unbelievable
  6. Chernobyl
  7. Lodge 49
  8. Ramy
  9. Pose
  10. David Makes Man
  11. When They See Us
  12. PEN15
  13. Brockmire
  14. Tuca & Bertie
  15. Catastrophe
  16. Los Espookys
  17. Mr Inbetween
  18. Fosse/Verdon
  19. Sex Education
  20. Warrior

A.V. Club: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

09 December 2019

The A.V. Club: The 25 Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010s]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Watchmen
  3. Russian Doll
  4. Succession
  5. Barry
  6. The Good Place
  7. BoJack Horseman
  8. Lodge 49
  9. When They See Us
  10. Chernobyl
  11. The Other Two
  12. Undone
  13. Pose
  14. Unbelievable
  15. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  16. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  17. Documentary Now!
  18. Tuca & Bertie
  19. Mr. Robot
  20. The Righteous Gemstones
  21. One Day at a Time
  22. The Mandalorian
  23. Stranger Things
  24. Schitt's Creek
  25. You’re the Worst
  26. Fosse/Verdon

GQ: The Best TV Shows of 2019

08 December 2019

GQ Magazine: The Best TV Shows of 2019

Willa Paskin: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019

05 December 2019

Willa Paskin: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by Slate

[see also 2018, 2017]

  1. Fleabag
  2. Succession
  3. Watchmen
  4. Russian Doll
  5. Blown Away
  6. Leaving Neverland
  7. Couples Therapy
  8. Catastrophe
  9. Ramy
  10. Glow

Complex: The Best TV Shows of 2019

05 December 2019

Complex: The Best TV Shows of 2019

[see also 2018]

  1. Succession
  2. Watchmen
  3. Mr. Robot
  4. Barry
  5. Snowfall
  6. Better Things
  7. The Other Two
  8. When They See Us
  9. Euphoria
  10. The Righteous Gemstones
  11. Veep
  12. Billions
  13. Chernobyl
  14. Pose
  15. Russian Doll
  16. The Act
  17. Stranger Things
  18. Mindhunter
  19. Big Little Lies
  20. Fosse/Verdon
  21. Killing Eve
  22. The Boys
  23. Vida
  24. Dead to Me
  25. Glow
  26. Dark
  27. Ramy
  28. South Side
  29. Silicon Valley
  30. BoJack Horseman

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019

04 December 2019

Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2019, as published by The New Yorker with an essay amusingly titled "I Love Top Ten Lists"

[see also 2018, 2017]